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The '''Boston Planning and Development Agency''' (BPDA), formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), is a Massachusetts public agency that serves as the municipal planning and development agency for Boston, Massachusetts|Boston, working on both housing and commercial developments. As an agency concerned with urban planning, the BPDA does not consider requests for Zoning in the United States|zoning variances from individual property owners. These are heard by the city's own Zoning Board of Appeals, a seven-person body appointed by the Mayor of Boston. Some consider the BPDA's roles as both real estate owner and developer, and approval authority over private development projects, to be a conflict of interest.[https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/01/22/sale-halted-again-winthrop-square-garage/GcNdD4yQUHKf5O8h8J4UYP/story.html ''Boston Globe:'' Sale of Winthrop Square Garage halted after complaint]
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